On December 19th you can pick up Lucille Ball in Best Foot Forward (1943)*, Rod Steiger in Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man (1969), Sophia Loren in Michael Anderson's Operation Crossbow (1965), Judy Garland in Presenting Lily Mars (1943), Kirk Douglas and Henry Fonda in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's There Was a Crooked Man... (1970), and James Garner in Up Periscope (1959). And then on January 30th we get the original Angels in the Outfield (1951)*, Kirk Douglas and Faye Dunaway in Elia Kazan's The Arrangement (1969), Clark Gable in Raoul Walsh's Band of Angels (1957), gymnast Kurt Thomas in the insipid Gymkata (1985), Albert Finney in Michael Crichton's Looker (1981), and Greer Garson & Walter Pidgeon in Mervyn LeRoy's Madame Curie (1943).
Ah, but here's what the Amazon page doesn't tell you: Which movies didn't make the cut! Fortunately for you I have a PhD in Googlizing, so I was able to put together a list of the losers -- almost all of which will most likely be on DVD by the end of next year, anyway. (By the way, those two *asterisked* titles are Amazon.com exclusives, just so you know.)
The DVD Decision 2006 Loser List
Al Capone (1959), All Fall Down (1962), April in Paris (1952), Bhowani Junction (1956), Blume in Love (1973), Carny (1980), Cimarron (1960), The Eddie Cantor Story (1953), Get to Know Your Rabbit (1972), The Hand (1981), Made in Heaven (1987), The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973), Mike's Murder (1984), Not With My Wife, You Don't! (1966), One Trick Pony (1980), Sphinx (1981), Sunrise at Campobello (1960), and You're a Big Boy Now (1966).
So we lose a Frankenheimer, a Cukor, a De Palma, a Stone, a Coppola, Rod Steiger as Capone, Jodie Foster as a jailbait carny, and Paul Simon's awesome Pony soundtrack -- just so freakin' Gymkata can make it to DVD. Ha. Glad to see some fun schlock make the cut, though, and I'm not just referring to the gymnastics-fu movie (koff*Looker*ahem). Plus I haven't seen most of these titles, so it's all good in my book.
[Thanks to DVDActive.com for the info and some cool cover pics.]